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Thomas Stronen & Iain Ballamy: FOOD - Quiet Inlet (2010) with Nils Petter Molvær & Christian Fennesz [Re-Up]

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Thomas Stronen & Iain Ballamy: FOOD - Quiet Inlet (2010) with Nils Petter Molvær & Christian Fennesz [Re-Up]

Thomas Strønen & Iain Ballamy: FOOD - Quiet Inlet (2010)
with Nils Petter Molvær & Christian Fennesz

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative | Label: ECM | # ECM 2163, 273 4919 | 00:47:01

A reduction in personnel rarely results in a broader musical expanse, but that's just what happened to Food, since trumpeter Arve Henriksen and bassist Mats Eilertsen departed in 2004. Molecular Gastronomy (Rune Grammofon, 2008)—Food's first duo recording, though the use of guests fleshed the group out to a trio—was Food's most accessible album to date, without sacrificing any of its inherent risk and sound of surprise. Quiet Inlet—Food's first for ECM, and featuring Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz on three tracks and Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer on four—follows Molecular Gastronomy's path, but remains equally traceable to earlier albums, including Food's quartet swan song, The Last Supper (Rune Grammofon, 2005).

Even as a duo, Food generates a lot of sound. Strønen, in particular, combines bastardized drum kit, hand percussion and technology into a distinctive soundscaping approach, from pulse-driven to textural; spatially ethereal to jagged and dense. Ballamy's more economical playing is equally key in establishing a group sound, and based on its performance at Punkt 2006, Food could easily have continued on as a duo, but increases the unpredictability quotient by introducing a third player to the set.

Ballamy has an ideal foil in Molvær on the airy "Chimaera," where Strønen creates an odd jumble of electronics and in-the-gut percussion, sampling his band mates in real time to augment the hovering landscape. Molvær's harmonizer expands his recognizable tone, over which he orbits lyrically with Ballamy's equally spare and melodic lines. On the asymmetrical "Becalmed," delays and looping turn simple motifs into serpentine ellipses, where soprano and trumpet interact in and out of time, as fragments reappear across the three-dimensional landscape, often buried in the weeds of the mix. A more decided rhythm and gentle pedal tone lend "Cirrina" its foundation, with Ballamy and Molvær engaging in an extended call-and-response, but this is no exercise in competitive chops; it's a sonic laboratory where the two push-and-pull, creating a dynamic ebb and flow that ends almost as soon as it begins, with Strønen alone on the fade-out.

Fennesz's contributions are more difficult to discern, if only because he's sculpting sound with his guitar as a controller, rather than playing it in more conventional fashion. Still, his are strikingly different than Molvær's, creating jagged and darker sonics on the closing "Fathom," and a more cushiony envelope of sound on the opening "Tobiko," where Strønen's propulsive rhythm reflects his use of an array of different sticks and brushes (and his hands) to strike drums, cymbals, gongs, bells, wooden blocks and more. Fennesz's tracks are more fervent in energy and groove, with "Mictyris" driving forward with a curious hint of skewed New Orleans Second Line which gradually devolves into freer terrain.

As fundamental as Ballamy lyricism is—even in the most foreboding spaces—it's Strønen who provides much of Food's sonic direction. Strønen's unique sense of time, space and placement has become Food's true core, his increasingly sophisticated, electro-acoustic mélange effortlessly propelling Quiet Inlet's eminently appealing impressionism.

Review by John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com

Quiet Inlet is the perfect title for this project by the duo Food, co-led by drummer Thomas Stronen and saxophonist Iain Ballamy. An exercise in texture music via electronica, Stronen and Ballamy take their time constructing lush, late-night vistas of layered sounds, with depth more important than pace. Hardly any variation in tempo can be heard, as sparse percussion accents prompt Ballamy's expansive tenor or soprano saxophone sounds. Only on the funky "Mictyris" in 7/8 time does the ensemble veer away from cloudy soundscapes. Special guest trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer – a true pioneer of modern electronic film noir-type music – is heard invading the space during "Dweller," while guitarist Christian Fennesz takes a subsidiary role on select tracks, rather than a frontman's stance. As dreamy music goes, this CD is not only a departure from the ECM catalog, but could be a portent toward the future of a new style of contemporary music.

Review by Michael G. Nastos, Allmusic.com

Thomas Stronen & Iain Ballamy: FOOD - Quiet Inlet (2010) with Nils Petter Molvær & Christian Fennesz [Re-Up]



Personnel:
Thomas Strønen: drums, live electronics;
Iain Ballamy: tenor and soprano saxophones;
Nils Petter Molvær: trumpet and electronics (2, 4-6);
Christian Fennesz: guitar and electronics (1, 3, 7)

Tracklist:

01. Tobiko (7:08)
02. Chimaera (5:01)
03. Mictyris (5:41)
04. Becalmed (7:53)
05. Cirrina (6:16)
06. Dweller (6:24)
07. Fathom (8:39)


Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 5 from 4. May 2009

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Food / Quiet Inlet

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DR11 -3.86 dB -19.13 dB 5:01 02-Chimaera
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Thomas Stronen & Iain Ballamy: FOOD - Quiet Inlet (2010) with Nils Petter Molvær & Christian Fennesz [Re-Up]

Thomas Stronen & Iain Ballamy: FOOD - Quiet Inlet (2010) with Nils Petter Molvær & Christian Fennesz [Re-Up]